Mechanical Drafters Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of mechanical drafters in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare mechanical drafters salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Mechanical Drafters

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,700
25th Percentile Wage
$42,690
50th Percentile Wage
$53,910
75th Percentile Wage
$66,440
90th Percentile Wage
$83,360

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for mechanical drafters in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) mechanical drafters is $83,360. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid mechanical drafters is $34,700.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of mechanical drafters in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$53,910
1.41% 7.49%
2016
$53,150
2.01% -
2015
$52,080
1.73% -
2014
$51,180
0.84% -
2013
$50,750
1.73% -
2012
$49,870
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Compare Mechanical Drafters Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of mechanical drafters in 79 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for mechanical drafters occupations is the aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry with an annual salary $83,670. The lowest paying industry is the veneer, plywood, and engineered wood product manufacturing industry (annual salary $40,130). For detailed mechanical drafters salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$83,670
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$66,550
Chemical Manufacturing
$64,200
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$63,770
Chemical Manufacturing
$63,510
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$62,620
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$61,610
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$61,400
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$61,140
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$60,110
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$59,800
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$59,420
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$59,420
Ship and Boat Building
$58,950
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$58,450
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$58,020
Food Manufacturing
$57,930
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$56,460
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$56,300
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$55,910
Household Appliance Manufacturing
$55,800
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$54,960
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$54,660
Paper Manufacturing
$54,540
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$54,300
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$54,090
Forging and Stamping
$52,850
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$52,830
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$52,750
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$52,720
Machinery Manufacturing
$52,630
Machinery Manufacturing
$52,540
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$52,410
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$52,350
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$52,240
Machine Shops
$52,200
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$52,200
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$52,050
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$52,010
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing
$51,710
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$51,390
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$51,310
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$51,300
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$51,290
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$50,530
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$50,530
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$50,520
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$50,170
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$50,050
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$50,000
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$49,920
Hardware Manufacturing
$49,850
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$49,840
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$49,690
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$49,650
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$49,580
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$49,580
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$49,060
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$48,740
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$48,720
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$48,570
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$48,300
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing
$47,820
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
$47,630
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$47,290
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$47,240
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$47,220
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$46,990
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$46,830
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$46,520
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
$46,050
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$46,050
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$45,930
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
$44,890
Foundries
$43,970
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
$43,810
Wood Product Manufacturing
$42,990
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$42,970
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
$40,130

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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